Okuma Technology Institute Opens Near Salt Lake City

New center exhibits manufacturing technology; teaches CNC programming, machining

Okuma America Corporation, Hartwig, Inc. and Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) opened the new Okuma Technology Institute recently, staging a three-day event to showcase manufacturing technology. The event at the DATC, one of eight campuses of the Utah College of Applied Technology, and located north of Salt Lake City, was attended by representatives from local businesses and manufacturing facilities from eight states.

The Okuma Technology Institute will educate and train DATC students to become CNC programmers and machinists. The facility also serves as a showroom for Hartwig Inc. for demonstrating Okuma technology to manufacturers in the region.

The three-day program included presentations by Peter Borden, president of the American Machine Tool Distributor Assn.; and by DATC President Michael Bouwhuis, who recognized Larry Schwartz, president and COO of Okuma America and Gary Hartwig, president of Hartwig Inc.

Throughout the three days manufacturers and students watched machining demonstrations and seminars on productivity improvement, including lean manufacturing and automation. Representatives from members of Partners in THINC were on hand to discuss manufacturing technology and peripheral equipment including gaging, tooling, work holding and software.

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